Natural history books and monographs on the albatross islands of the Pacific Ocean


Four species of albatrosses of the genus Phoebastria breed on islands in the northern and central Pacific Ocean, belonging to Ecuador, Japan, Mexico and the USA.  A selected list of natural history books published on these islands follows.  Please e-mail suggested additions with full bibliographic details to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., especially for Japanese and Mexican albatross islands.

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Galápagos Islands (Ecuador)

Constant, Pierre. 2010. Galápagos - a Natural History Guide. Eighth Edition.  Hong Kong: Odyssey Illustrated Guides.  315 pp.  ISBN 9789622177666.

De Roy, Tui (Ed.). 2009. Galápagos - Preserving Darwin's Legacy. Auckland: David Bateman Ltd.  240 pp. ISBN 9781869537098.

Fitter, Julian, Fitter, Daniel & Hosking, David 2000.  Safari Guides. Wildlife of the Galápagos.  London: HarperCollins.  254 pp.  ISBN 0 00 220137 2.

Harris, Michael 1974.  A Field Guide to the Birds of Galapagos. London: Collins. 160 pp.  ISBN 0 00 212044 5.

Heinzel, Hermann & Hall, Barnaby 2000.  Galápagos Diary.  A Complete Guide to the Archipelago's Birdlife.  London: Christopher Helm. 272 pp.  ISBN 0-7136-5434-1.

Jackson, Michael H. 1994.  Galapagos: a Natural History. Calgary: Michigan State University Press. 335 pp. ISBN: 9781895176407

Nelson, J. Bryan. 1968.  Galapagos: Islands of Birds.  London: Longmans.  338 pp.

Swash, Andy & Still, Rob 2000.  Birds, Mammals & Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands.  An Identification Guide.  Mountfield: Pica Press & Old Basing: WILDGuides.  168 pp.  ISBN 1-8734-3-82-8.


Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands (Japan)


Kawakami, Kazuto & Okochi, Isamu (Eds).  Restoring the Oceanic Island Ecosystem.  Impact and Management of Invasive Alien Species in the Bonin Islands.  Tokyo: Springer.  pp. 153-159.  ISBN 978-4-431-53858-5.


Torishima (Japan)

Hasegawa, H. 2006. Ahodori ni Muchu (Passionate about Albatross). Tokyo: Shin-nihon Shuppan.  182 pp. (in Japanese)

Pacific Ocean Islands (USA) 

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Amerson, Binion 2012. The Coral Carrier French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: a History.  Dallas: Binion Amerson Books.  262 pp. ISBN 978-0-9884645-0-6.

Denny, Jim 2010.  A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawai'i, the Main Islands and Offshore Waters. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.  211 pp.  ISBN 978-0-8248-3383-1.

Fisher, Mildred L. 1970. The Albatross of Midway Island: a Natural History of the Laysan Albatross. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.  161 pp.  ISBN 0-8093-0426-0.

Frierson, Pamela 2012.  The Last Atoll.  Exploring Hawai’i’s Endangered Ecosystems.  San Antonio: Trinity University Press.  309 pp.  ISBN 978-1-59534-130-3.

Harrison, Craig S. 1990.  Seabirds of Hawaii:  Natural History and Conservation.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 249 pp.  ISBN 0-8014-2449-6.

Hawaii Audubon Society 2005.  Hawaii's Birds.  Sixth Edition.  Honolulu: Hawaii Audubon Society.  141 pp.  ISBN 1-889708-00-3.

Munro, George C. 1944. Birds of Hawaii. Honolulu: Tongg Publishing Company.  189 pp.

Pratt, H. Douglas & Jeffrey, Jack 1996.  A Pocket Guide to Hawai'i's Birds.  Honolulu: Mutual Publishing.  112 pp. ISBN 1-56647-145-1.

Rauzon, Mark J. 2001. Isles of Refuge.  Wildlife and History of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.  205 pp.  ISBN 0-8248-2330-3.

Rauzon, Mark J. 20I5.  Isles of Amnesia: The History, Geography, and Restoration of America's Forgotten Pacific Islands.  Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.  304 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8248-4679-4.

Toops, Connie & Greenberg, Phyllis 2012.  Midway: A Guide to the Atoll and its InhabitantsLasAves Enterprises.  90 pp.  ISBN-13 : 978-0984914807.

Safina, Carl 2002.  Eye of the Albatross. Visions of Hope and Survival.   New York: Henry Holt & Co.  377 pp.  ISBN 0-8050-6338-9.

Shallenberger, Robert J. 2010. Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: nā manu kai. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.  109 pp.  ISBN 978-0-8248-3403-6.

Toops, C.M. & Greenberg, P.C. 2012. Midway: a Guide to the Atoll and its Inhabitants.  Naples: Las Aves. 84 pp.  ISBN 978-0-9849148-0-7.

Last updated 12 November 2020

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